The North Left

400 N. Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Critics' Pick
Best Of


  • Open Mon.-Fri., 3 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat., 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
  • $$$
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
The North Left is what replaced the Crosby. But for all intents, the North Left is the same restaurant Phil Nisco, Chris Alfaro and Marc Yamaoka once opened, even if it doesn’t look like it. Yes, the boom boxes are gone, and the tagger graffiti in the restroom has been painted over. And where there were DJ turntables, there’s now a couch and an animal-skin rug. It no longer has the vibe of a rebellious teenager’s bedroom. Instead it has embraced a hunting-lodge motif that even your waitress admits is “more grown-up.” But look into its eyes and deep into its soul, and you realize the North Left is still the Crosby, the trailblazing restaurant and bar that led the way for others of its hipster kind. The Crosby was constantly changing anyway, adjusting its menu, reinventing itself; the North Left is just another evolutionary step. And Aron Habiger remains the cook, doing what he did before: wowing you with some dishes and leaving you scratching your head with others.

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